7 Ice Cream Shops That’ll Melt Your Heart
Few things compare to ice cream on a hot summer day. Whether it’s a fruity sorbet or creamy scoop in a crunchy waffle cone, there’s a reason this summer treat is an American staple. Thankfully, Newport Beach is spoiled for choice when it comes to all that’s cold and creamy. From authentic Italian gelato to tasty soft serve and beyond, we’ve got the inside scoop on the best places for ice cream in Newport Beach. So roll up your sleeves and get ready to satisfy your summer sweet tooth!
Since its door first opened in 1945, Sugar ‘n Spice has remained a Balboa Island landmark. The quaint shop sits on the island’s bustling Marina Avenue and serves up delicious made-to-order, hand-dipped frozen bananas and Balboa Bars. And for those not familiar with the “Bal Bar” tradition, here’s how it works: first, select your dip (classic chocolate, dark chocolate, peanut butter or cherry); then, take your pick of toppings which include everything from rainbow sprinkles and Oreos to crushed almonds and toasted coconut. Whichever you choose, it’s sure to be love at first bite!
Crafted with real California milk, Cowafornia’s ice cream isn’t just your average scoop. This little shop on the Balboa Peninsula serves up premium hand-scooped ice cream that comes in various flavors, including mocha almond fudge, huckleberry, banana walnut, cotton candy, and more! Cowafornia Ice Cream also offers fresh-baked cookies, classic coffee drinks, unique single-origin pour-overs and light snack fare. There’s a little something for everyone here!
For those in search of a healthier ice cream alternative, meet Pressed Juicery! This trendy juice shop has gained massive traction in recent years for its delicious, customizable freezes. These plant-based soft-serve treats are all the rage and come in a variety of different flavors that rotate based on the season (think acai in the summer and pumpkin in the fall). And possibly one of the biggest draws is the vegan and gluten-free toppings, which range from sauces like granola butter and almond drizzle to add-ons like chocolate chips, shredded coconut and sliced almonds.
The minute you step foot in this Fashion Island hotspot, you’re greeted with the sweet smell of fresh-baked waffle cones. In other words, you’re not leaving without indulging. Gelato Paradiso is known for its authentic Italian gelato, and let it be known: it does not disappoint. Choose between flavors like tiramisu, stracciatella, fragola cheesecake, dulce de leche, pistacchio, panna cotta and more. The shop also features a flavor of the month, and this month it’s S’mores! To create this flavor, Gelato Paradiso makes s’mores in-house, which they crush and layer throughout a marshmallow gelato, then top it off with melted chocolate.
With a large selection of sweets, ice cream, baked goods and almost every type of candy out there, it’s no surprise B.Candy is a sweet tooth’s paradise. Stop by the Corona del Mar location and discover a bright and colorful shop loaded with party supplies, toys, accessories and most importantly, ice cream! With nearly 50 flavors, you’ll be hard-pressed to make a choice, but don’t fret—all of them are worth the calories! And if you’re one to go big or go home, you’ll be delighted to know that B.Candy also offers mix n’ match ice cream cookie sandwiches, soda floats served in color-changing cups and customized milkshakes.
Also tucked in the stylish center of Fashion Island is Atomic Creamery—an out-of-the-box organic ice cream parlor. What sets this veteran-owned and operated shop apart from the rest is its unique technique. Each batch of Atomic Creamery’s ice cream is flash-frozen using liquid nitrogen. The result? An ultra-creamy confection that’ll melt your heart. So stop in, grab a seat at the bar and indulge in a taste of nostalgia!
If you’re one to keep things classic, Handel‘s Homemade Ice Cream is a great spot to snag a summer scoop. This old-fashioned shop has been around since 1945 and offers all of the classics—from banana splits and double scoops to sundaes and malted milkshakes. Plus, the Newport Beach location is located just steps from the sand and Newport Beach Pier, so when the kiddos are craving a post-beach day treat, you know where to take ‘em.
Written By: Kaylin Waizinger